The D. Allan Bromley Memorial Event

Capitol, Washington D.C.

This one of a kind event provides graduate students with the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with senior science and technology (S&T) policy advisors, sectors and levels of government from Canada and the United States.

About this event

Origin and Future of the Bromley Memorial Event

Founded in 2005, the event began as a collaboration between the University of Ottawa and George Washington University.  It involves students from Canada and the United States, with the event alternating each year between Ottawa and Washington, D.C.

The keystone activity of each Bromley Event is the Bromley Lecture, delivered by a leader in S&T policy.

John de la Mothe


Allan Bromley was dedicated to science policy in the United States but retained strong ties to Canada, his country of birth.  At the time of Dr. Bromley’s death, Dr. John de la Mothe, a Canada Research Chair and Professor at the University of Ottawa, saw the need to have a special science policy link between the respective capitals of Canada and the US.  With the support of Dr. Nicholas Vonortas this project was expanded to an exchange between the two capitals. With his insight and initiative, Dr. la Mothe ensured a special tribute to his colleague and mentor, Allan Bromley.  John de la Mothe passed away suddenly in 2007. The event is now managed by John's good friend, Paul Dufour, ISSP Fellow and Adjunct Professor.



D. Allan Bromley

D. Allan Bromley

D. Allan Bromley

One of the world’s leading nuclear physicists, D. Allan Bromley was born in Westmeath, Ontario, in 1926 and held degrees from Queen’s University and the University of Rochester. Dr. Bromley sat on President Regan’s White House Science Council and was the first person to hold the Cabinet-level rank of Assistant to the President for Science and Technology from 1989 to 1993, a position he held during the administration of George H.W. Bush. He was a former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest scientific distinction in the United States. D. Allan Bromley died in 2005.

For more information about the life of D. Allen Bromley, a biography was published by the National Academy of Sciences.

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